Some military historians dismiss George Washington as merely lucky, winning the Revolutionary War by sheer persistence against a half-hearted British enemy that decided the prize wasn’t worth the cost. But this, says Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer—former superintendent of West Point and the author of George Washington and Benedict Arnold—is simply wrong. Washington’s strategy changed as necessary, but throughout the conflict he consistently rallied his poorly equipped soldiers, and learned valuable lessons from foreign military experts.
''This is military history in the grand style.''—Joseph J. Ellis